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Forbes, the global media brand that celebrates entrepreneurial capitalism, recently featured the "diverse, eponymous" cufflinks of David Gotlib, an Antwerp diamantaire who meticulously sends his gemstones to IGI before and after setting.
IGI invites eligible jewelry stores to become #JewelersOnAMission by describing why sustainability is important to their business. The winner will receive up to $5,000 in credits toward achieving carbon neutrality.
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When you compliment a lady on her diamond the response can vary from a bright smile to a proud origin story. But are younger generations learning “lab-grown lifestyle habits” which will increasingly inform their diamond decisions?
IGI is expanding its operations at the Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai, India. The institute will continue providing full-fledged sorting and screening services from a new facility which will handle greater capacity.
In response to a growing need for diamond screening in finished jewelry, IGI has launched a new Designer Appraisal Report. With more insurance companies requiring third-party appraisals for high-value articles, these independent reports will be useful protection for clients of quality-minded designers and brands.
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Amidst continuing waves of uncertainty, fostered by Covid variants, travel restrictions, climate change and supply shortages one thing that's certain is the importance of diamonds and jewelry to consumers.
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Sapphire is the birthstone of September and the gem of the 45th anniversary. Second in hardness only to diamond, its mineral species, corundum, is well suited for jewelry. Let's enjoy some scrumptious sapphire pieces.
IGI India recently certified a 14.60 carat lab grown diamond, reportedly the largest ever produced using the Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) growth method. The recorded weight surpasses the previous record-holder, certified by IGI last November, by nearly two carats.
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National Geographic will expand their efforts in protecting the Okavango river basin in the south of Africa through a five year partnership with a diamond industry giant.
IGI North American President Avi Levy was recently appointed to the Mercury Free Mining Board of Directors, an organization focused on eradicating the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
Earlier this year Diamond Standard and IGI received regulatory approval to offer the world’s only market-traded diamond commodity. On August 20 Bloomberg's Alix Steel interviewed Cormac Kinney, Diamond Standard's Founder and CEO about the Diamond Standard Coin.
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Bids will be accepted for one more week at the IGI and Virtual Diamond Boutique (VDB) auction of lab grown diamonds and jewelry to benefit Jewelers For Children (JFC). The auction will conclude this coming Sunday, the night of the Facets of Hope Dinner at The Venetian Las Vegas.
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IGI Graduate Namita Naik was recently featured in The Pune Mirror, a publication by The Times Group, an Indian mega conglomerate which also publishes the largest selling English-language daily in the world.
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Australia's retired Argyle mine, most famous for fancy pink diamonds, is also renowned for diamond deposits ensconced in lamproite, rather than kimberlite. Did you know Argyle was not the only lamproite mine, nor the first place diamonds were discovered in Oz?
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In November, 2020, we said "Goodbye, dear friend," when Australia's legendary Argyle Diamond Mine was retired. As 2021 concludes, the final diamond collection from the final year of Argyle operations will be sold, closing out nearly four decades of ongoing excitement.
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Ancient diamonds reveal that Earth was ready to explode with life as early as 2.7 billion years ago, according to a study presented at last week's Goldschmidt Geochemistry conference.
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The digital auction benefitting children will take place during Las Vegas Jewelry Market Week, opening on Monday, August 16th and closing during the Jewelers For Children “Facets of Hope” dinner on Sunday night, August 29th. All bids can be submitted through the digital auction app created and powered by VDB for JFC.
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IGI has been designated Knowledge Partner for Dubai Gold and Jewelry Group’s “City of Gold” initiative, starting immediately. In this capacity, IGI will provide interactive seminars across a diverse range of topics for industry professionals in one of the world's largest jewelry markets.
IGI class of 2003 Graduate Anita Bhandari has won several prestigious international jewelry design awards in collaboration with friend, colleague and fellow Canadian Anita Agrawal, a part-time professor at Centennial College.
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Almost 150 carats of colorful rough diamonds splashed the news in July. As we close out the month, let's visit these blue, pink and violet creations of nature and their origins.